Saturday, March 19, 2016

Gas Stripping Tower - Brisbane Qld

I went to the Davies park markets today, and behind the markets is an iconic, historic Gas Stripping tower. It is the only one of it's kind in Australia.
It is a demountable cast iron tower was manufactured in 1912 by Robert Dempster & Sons Ltd, of Elland, Yorkshire, and transported in segments to Brisbane, where it was erected at the West End Gasworks in Montague Road operated by the South Brisbane Gas & Light Company. The South Brisbane gas and Light Company was established in 1885, in direct competition to the Brisbane Gas Corporation. The tower was decommissioned in 1949.  It is on the heritage register.

Bockingford 140lb 11" x 15' cp Uni Pin 0.5 pen and watercolours.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Sketching at the University of Queensland

I went out with the Brisbane Urban Sketchers this morning.  We had a lovely morning, weather was gorgeous.  I had a blast using my Elegant Writer Calligraphy Pen and another pen I bought called Micador.  Both are watersoluble and a blast to use with a water mister bottle.

First sketch I sat on a wall looking towards the Goodwill bridge.  I sketched the shelter and CityCycles.

Next I went for a walk with two others and we sat on the verandah of Old Government House and sketched the Technology Buildings

I really was taken by the clouds on the glass building.

Thank you for looking.

Monday, March 7, 2016

General Post Office Brisbane Town..

The history of this site predates the 1872 construction of the Brisbane GPO by John Petrie. During the convict settlement the Female Factory or women’s prison was situated here, deliberately isolated from the rest of the settlement to keep the women away from the unwanted attention of other male prisoners and officers.
With the old prison and one time police quarters demolished, colonial architect FDG Stanley came up with the Italianate design for the GPO and twin Telegraph Office. Although the GPO was completed in 1872, the central tower (a scaled down version of a more grandiose proposed clock tower) and Telegraph Office weren’t built until 1877-79.

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